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The End Of History

4.2 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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'The End Of History' is the debut album for Irish singer-songwriter Fionn Regan - and what a debut it is. Over twelve tracks Regan weaves an almost hypnotic mood of pessimism, forlornness and just a tinge of light and hope. It's certainly not the most positive, uplifting or cheerful album in recent memory, but it is one of the most heartbreakingly honest and beautiful. "At night time I'd live in Beckenham Park/With tears like flashbulbs/And recall my treasure searching days in the rock-pools as a kid," he sings in Put A Penny In The Slot, strumming his guitar softly, backed by only the most minimal instrumentation through the song's bridge. This is the case right throughout the album, as Regan's voice takes the lead, with the odd violin, backing vocal or patter of drums creeping in and out of the songs in a way that seems almost organic. Regan's roots are clearly in folk, but his ability to twist pop melody into his songs without it losing any of its emotional impact, or sounding trite, is impressive. Even the album's nadir, Hey Spider, in which Regan's lyrics take a slight turn for the pedestrian in an animal referencing three-and-a-half minutes, is still affecting and listenable. Snowy Atlas Mountains is where Regan really finds his style, though - a winding tale that shows his ability for storytelling and phrasing, doing so with a haunting and eerily tangible sense of threat in his Irish accent. 'The End Of History' is an enormously confident and assured debut and with good reason; Regan is an immense talent and this album suggests that there's plenty more to come from him in the future. And if 'The End Of History' is any guide, that sounds like a very welcome prospect. -Alistair Wallis

Imagine a whimsical, sunnier Nick Drake. Or perhaps a young Donovan for the 21st century. With his lithe, limber, and conversational tenor complemented by the subtle virtuosity of his acoustic guitar, the Dublin troubadour sustains an engaging intimacy even when his material seems on the slight side (more precocious than profound). Though his childlike innocence extends to the hand-lettered lyrics in the CD booklet, he invokes the literary influence of Saul Bellow and Paul Auster on "Put a Penny in the Slot." Much of this self-produced release finds Regan playing solo (often with double-tracked harmonies), with the spare employment of strings, piano, and percussion making their use all the more striking. An unlisted bonus cut seems to channel the range of Jeff Buckley. --Don McLeese

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  • Audio CD (July 10, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • ASIN: B000QFAG3K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,201 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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